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Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. [kar.βa.ˈxal](European Spanish)  [key·simplify]
Other Forms FormsCarvajal, Carabajal

Meaning & History

Probably a habitational name denoting someone originally from any of the multiple locations called Carbajal in León, Asturias, or Zamora in Spain. Alternatively, it may be of pre-Roman origin from the word carbalio meaning "oak", denoting someone who either lived near an oak tree or who was like an oak tree in some way.

This was the name of a family of Marranos (crypto-Jews) in Mexico at the end of the 16th-century through the beginning of the 17th-century, several of whom were executed for Judaizing.
Added 2/15/2017 by erb816
Edited 11/4/2023 by jocatchi, Mike C and HL